|About the Issue
As we enter the dog days of summer, what better way to make use of your Dremel tool than to literally, use it on your dog’s nails? Or if you prefer, stay in the A/C with a weekend grout removal project, an online movie or by participating in our social media sites.
Making Movie Magic with the Dremel Brand
Believe it or not, Dremel does indeed have a place in Tinsel Town. In fact, film maker Daniel Ashby uses a variety of Dremel tools on a daily basis to sculpt, engrave, carve and cut while creating movie props and sets for a variety of short films and Indie flicks.
Ashby’s company, Outland Armour, a small design, fabrication and production firm, builds intricate sets and props for infamous haunted houses as well as film companies. The company also utilizes Dremel tools for its own short films, two of which have been released thus far.
“I’ve always been interested in creating other worlds in a way that truly invites people in,” said Ashby. “Dremel tools allow me to create elaborate weaponry, exotic jewelry, decorated armor and much more – all things that bring these worlds to life in one’s imagination.”
While in high school, Ashby received a Dremel tool for Christmas that he immediately began to use as he designed costumes, props and sculpture pieces. Since then, the tools have helped him create replicas of everything from the Star Wars character Boba Fett to realistic hand gun replicas.
In every project, Ashby has used one Dremel tool or another. In fact, Outland Amour’s shop currently boasts a Dremel Stylus, the Dremel 400 Series XPR, the Dremel 300, and the Dremel MultiPro, all of which see regular use. Ashby and his partners also rely on the flex shaft and jig saw attachments, sanding drums, high speed cutters, EZ Lock metal cutting disks, engravers, silicon carbide grinders and an array of drill bits. For inspiration, click here to watch Ashby show some of his tricks.
Outland Armour also has an extremely original approach to set design. Ashby and other set designers find much of their inspiration and materials from odd places such as thrift and hardware stores, antique shops and even dumpsters. Their unique scouting method for raw materials combined with their highly detailed work enabled by the Dremel tool’s versatility has positioned Outland Armour for movie–making success.
“Dremel tools are easy to handle and control and are small enough to do extremely detailed work,” said Ashby. “But they’re also tough enough to do serious cutting. I need precision and durability, and Dremel provides me with the perfect combination of both.”
Ashby and the rest of Outland Armour continue to build one–of–a–kind props and custom set designs for their own movies as well as others’. To view their work, please visit outlandarmour.com. To view one of Ashby’s short films that Dremel tools are used to create, click here.
What’s New at Dremel
Dremel Social Media Page Updates
Dremel Message Board
The Dremel 8200 has recently hit stores everywhere and many have already tried it out. We would love to gauge your thoughts on our newest tool and have added a new discussion forum to the Dremel Message Board titled ‘Dremel 8200 Feedback’. We invite you to sign online and share your thoughts, feedback, project successes or any questions you may have.
Good news! We’ve added images of both the Dremel 8200 and the Dremel 4000 on our Facebook Fan page. Navigate over to check out detailed product images as well as photos of different projects that each tool can be used for. And, as always, leave us a note and let us know your thoughts on either tool.
Dremel Twitter Giveaway
Are you tweeting with Dremel yet? If not, you may be missing out on a potential giveaway. On August 3 and 4, direct message @DremelBrand with your favorite summer home improvement project for a chance to win a 709 Super Accessory Kit. You can also find us tweeting regularly about tool uses, tips, tricks and product announcements. The giveaway will close at 5 p.m. on August 4 with the winner being randomly selected and notified the following morning.
We’ve been working hard to keep the Dremel YouTube channel updated by adding plenty of new videos to keep you busy, including one that offers a sneak peak of a brand new Dremel multi–tool. (Details coming in the next issue.) We have also added a variety of how–to videos in Portuguese to insure our resources can be used by a wide audience.
Getting to Know Your Tools
Grout Removal – Rotary vs. Oscillating
Whether you own a rotary tool or an oscillating tool, grout removal is not only possible, it’s faster and easier than traditional methods allowing almost anyone to be successful with some practice. But if you own both a rotary and oscillating tool, or do not yet own either, which method do you choose? See our list below of the benefits of each method to help you decide.
Grooming Pet Nails
Grooming your pet’s nails by grinding them down with a Dremel rotary tool is often easier for the groomer and more comfortable for the pet than traditional clipping methods. Because grinding is more gradual than clipping, it is easier to stop in time before reaching the quick (core of the nail containing its internal blood supply). Follow these steps to keep your pet’s paws looking pristine:
Reader’s Choice Giveaway
Now that you’ve learned the pros and cons of using a rotary tool vs. an oscillating tool for grout removal, what’s your verdict? Would a rotary tool or an oscillating tool work better for your needs? Send us your one–sentence answer, along with your name, shipping address (no P.O. boxes) and home phone number in the body of an e-mail and “Grout Removal” in the subject line. We’ll pick five responses at random to win their preferred grout removal technique – either a Dremel 8200 rotary tool or Dremel Multi–Max oscillating tool, with corresponding grout removal accessories.
From the feedback we received, it sounds like many of our readers have “garden tool sharpening” on their to–do lists. Congratulations to the five lucky winners who we picked at random to receive a new A679–02 Sharpening Attachment Kit for their feedback: Phil Poston, Chester, VA; Dana Fox, Kokomo, IN; Daryl Burke, Orlando, FL; Wayne Wright, Waco, GA; and Dennis Shank, Indiana, PA.
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